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Justice in modern society According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, justice is defined as, “The maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments.” When reading this definition one may see the clear picture of justice, however, it is when breaking it down and dealing with numerous alternative and hard-hitting situations that this definition becomes complicated. Over the course of the semester...

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Professor Wills Justice The Statue of Lady Justice is often placed in front of a courthouse. Lady Justice has often been described wearing a blindfold and holding a scale and a sword. The blindfold represents that justice is measured without favor or identity. The balance represents fairness and equality. The sword represents punishment. Lady Justice symbolizes that all people are equal in the eyes of the law. Some people wonder what is justice and who makes the laws of justice. People develop...

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Justice & Injustice

In any society, the role of justice as a peace mediator is an important figure that reflects upon those indirectly involved. Justice, being an ideal concept is not always affable to achieve. This is evident in the texts ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee and ‘Aboriginal Injustices’ by Mick Mundine which highlights the effects of racial prejudice. This is also evident in ‘Future Speech’ by Severn Suzuki which displays the need for a governing justice system. Justice and the law do not always coincide...

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Justices in Society

University Justices in Society Ideally, any decision or action taken by an individual or a group is either justified or unjustified within the context of justice. Accordingly, justice is generally determined by the society or norm; however, norm changes from society to society. Therefore, in some instances what appeared to be just in one society may not necessarily be just in another. Justice can be viewed in two special ways, individual justice and social justice. Individual justice has to do...

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Theory of Justice

Theory of Justice CJA 530 Ethics in Justice and Security February 21, 2011 Theory of Justice There are many different definitions of justice. Along with definitions there are the many theories to go along with them. Philosophers throughout time have theorized and formed what justice is. In the following paper I will discuss and analyze some of the theories I have discovered in my research. Principles of Justice When looking at principles of justice we first need to understand what the definition...

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Blind Justice?

11 / 17 / 11 STS437 Theories of Justice Justice Not Blind? We are probably all familiar with the iconic symbol of justice in the Western world: the goddess with scales in one hand and a double-edged sword in the other. More importantly, she is often depicted as being blindfolded in order to show objectivity, so justice can be meted out fairly without fear or favor. This is the ideal concept of justice in the western tradition...fairness through impartiality. The fact that all of us probably...

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Plato on Justice

Plato's interpretation of justice as seen in ‘The Republic' is a vastly different one when compared to what we and even the philosophers of his own time are accustomed to. Plato would say justice is the act of carrying out one's duties as he is fitted with. Moreover, if one's duties require one to lie or commit something else that is not traditionally viewed along with justice; that too is considered just by Plato's accounts in ‘The Republic.' I believe Plato's account of justice, and his likely defense...

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Socrates' Justice

In The Republic, Plato wrote a dialog between Socrates and his friends about the meaning of justice. They came into four definitions of justice, returning debts, helping friends, a system that benefits the strong, and a virtue that feels food. When asked about the meaning of justice, Cephalus believed that justice was the repayment of debt. Justice is completed when one‘s debt if fully returned. Socrates believed that the theory was flawed and may deliver disastrous result if applied in every situations...

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Justice in Othello

Justice is a powerful force, one that continuously motivates the actions of an individual. Each individual has a different understanding of what justice is, and many will go to extreme measures to receive justice. In Othello, William Shakespeare develops the idea that an individual will go to extreme measures in order to obtain his own sense of justice. However, the individual will go to such extremes in an attempt to receive justice that the repercussions of his actions will overpower the feeling...

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Views on Justice

Lady Justice The picture above best symbolizes my views on justice for the common good. In general the courts are expected to be impartial and fair institutions in a system of good governance, it should through this method be a system that can uphold the rule of law and protect human rights. Justice is symbolized through lady justice, blindfolded, holding a pair of scales and wielding a double edged sword. The blindfold represents justice being blind to all outside sources like money, power or...

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